ANVIL's LIPS Says His First Battle With COVID-19 Was 'F***ing Brutal': 'That Was A Nightmare'
May 5, 2022
In a brand new interview with The Bay Ragni Show, ANVIL frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow revealed that he "just got over COVID". He explained (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "[It was] my second case, and it was, like, 'That was COVID?' I tested positive, and to me, it was nothing more than two days of uncomfortable sniffles. Everybody else, run for the hills, and a bunch of people got sick from me too, man. And it's not like I knew… I didn't even know I was sick. But that's the problem with it. I'm all jacked up — four shots [of the COVID-19 vaccine]. So I got the four shots, and the shots were worse than the fucking disease — way worse."
Asked what it was like the first time he contracted COVID-19 back at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Lips said: "Oh, the first time I had it, I knew I had it and I was sick for a month. It was fucking brutal, man. You couldn't get better. You kept hoping you'd get better, but you didn't get better, and it would get worse. And what I mean by worse… We're talking about muscle pain and back spasms. It gave me a back spasm. You wake up and you can't even… I'm trying to breathe in and I can't breathe in because I'm having a spasm in my back. I had to sit there or lay there and just kind of quiver from the pain and then just slowly relax my muscles so that I could at least [get through the day]. That was a nightmare. The first time was really fucking scary, man… So I was pretty lucky, I guess. I mean, lucky in the sense that it didn't go to my major organs or destroy my lungs. But the first bout was… It's not even remotely the same. It's two different things. Whatever I experienced that first time to what just happened now [after I got vaccinated], it's, like, fuck, I didn't even know I was sick [this second time around] — I didn't even know I was really sick. I just kind of felt tired. My wife goes, 'Let me check it.' I go, 'I don't know. I don't really feel sick.' [She goes], 'Let me check it. You just tested positive. Get the fuck upstairs.'"
ANVIL's new album, "Impact Is Imminent", will arrive on May 20 via AFM Records.
Like its three predecessors, "Anvil Is Anvil" (2016),"Pounding The Pavement" (2018) and "Legal At Last" (2019),"Impact Is Imminent" was produced by Martin "Mattes" Pfeiffer and Jörg Uken at Uken's Soundlodge studios in Germany.
ANVIL, a Toronto-based group, was formed in 1978 by childhood friends Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner. Both came from Jewish families and had been playing music together since their teens. ANVIL is considered to have been an influence on many metal bands, including METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX.
Though initially a four-piece band, ANVIL's current lineup includes Kudlow, Reiner and bassist Chris Robertson.
ANVIL gained popularity and new fans since the 2008 theatrical documentary, "Anvil: The Story Of Anvil", which is currently available on Netflix. Made by former ANVIL roadie, filmmaker Sacha Gervasi, it became a cult hit, described by the Chicago Tribune as "a sort of real-life version of 'This Is Spinal Tap' with more appealing characters and real emotions."
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